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19th amendment faces criticism in parliament

The proposed 19th amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution, aimed at reducing powers of the executive presidency, was met by opposition when table in parliament on Wednesday.

The leader of Sri Lanka’s opposition the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said that some provisions in the amendment, tabled by prime minister Ranil Wickrememsinghe, needed approval of the people.

The SLFP leader Nimal Siripala de Silva accused the current government of deviating from its pledge of making constitutional reforms by achieving a two third majority approval for legislative changes in parliament, reports Colombo Page.

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